Making fiber dioramas (of a sort) is a favorite of mine but it’s been awhile. These pieces are all California based and will be available through HaleARTS S P A C E in Santa Monica during their $100 show beginning April 15, 2016.
Clockwise from left are “A View of Santa Monica Pier”, “Hitting the Links”, and “Observatory by Moonlight”.
Update: I am so pleased to let you know that this piece was accepted to the Focus on Fibre Art Association Biennial Juried Competition in Edmonton, Alberta.
I recently applied to have my work shown in an exhibit in Canada. The theme is “My Heritage”. I grew up in a city in Saskatchewan. I have wonderful memories of driving through the prairies landscape on car rides with my family. The wheat fields and grain elevators are iconic as are the small iron bridges crossing rivers like the South Saskatchewan. These memories are a strong part of my heritage, I will always be a part of Saskatchewan no matter how far afield I might travel and live.
For about a year I used a lovely pink purse that I bought online for the grand sum of $9. When the zipper broke I knew immediately what to do. Make a bird. Only remotely did I think that perhaps I should have it repaired. It made me think about how artists often see the world around them in a different way. They see the possibilities in a broken purse, an old scarf or a worn wool jacket. They watch a documentary about the Loch Ness monster and design a pillow. Their daughter has a fascination with dinosaurs and a series of albino “taxidermy” dinosaur heads is created.
Okay, I’m talking about me. But you know, artists in general.
I made this little bird for a dear friend who turned 50 last week. I love how it turned out.
Out of curiosity I went back through my blog to see when it all began. Can you believe that I’ve had this little blog for eleven years! Eleven!
When I started it I really had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I wrote about my little family, about projects I was working on, about the weather… anything really. Slowly it evolved. I was becoming an artist and my blog reflected that. I’m very excited to call myself an artist and to use my blog to showcase my work.
To celebrate I’m giving away this little party pig!
Just leave a comment here with your email address (I promise not to use it in any way other than to contact the winner, I’m not that organized). I’ll notify the winner on Sunday evening, PST. And yes, I’m happy to send pig on his way anywhere in the world!
Some months ago a friend saw a small pin I had made and asked if I could make it as a pillow. My immediate answer was yes, but then I thought about it.
The original pin was made of hand dyed wool felt that I know longer had access to and even then, I needed at least a yard of material. I had no choice but to dye my own to get the effect that I wanted. I’ve dyed fabric before, mostly linen and cotton and even then, I’ve only used natural dyes. This week I finally bit the bullet and started to experiment. The answer this time lay in doing the opposite of what the directions called for. Add salt, nope. Hot water, kinda. Stir constantly, nah. I was so pleased with the results.
The pillow is 16″ by 20″. Entirely hand stitched with cotton thread. The fabric is a wool and rayon blend. Interested in one for your home? Visit my Amazon shop! I’m also happy to make other organ related pillows.
I decided that my site was due for an update. It’s been ages since I’ve done a major overhaul so yesterday I spent several hours at my desk playing with WordPress. WordPress is simple to use and a great place to start when building a website. Everything is fairly self-explanatory, there are so many customizable themes available and widgets to add. That being said, you can still get bogged down but somehow I muddled through and here it is. I still have a couple of CD’s of photos to add from shows that I had in Seattle, and I need to play around with them a bit but overall, I like where it’s heading.
It’s always hard to spend time being a business person when you are an artist. Updating shops, fiddling with a website, applying to shows, doing books — all necessary things that must be done. But… they all take time away from being an artist.
I’m so excited to be a part of the rollout of Handmade at Amazon! Amazon is making no bones about it, they are going head-to-head with Etsy. I love Etsy, and often buy from a number of artists that I particularly like. When I heard that Amazon was accepting applications from artists for their new venture I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
Setting up the shop was super easy. Adding and managing inventory is a simple process. The only question I had was around shipping (and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it) so I emailed customer support. Within a few hours they called me, helped me through my questions, asked if they could do anything else to help, chatted for awhile about my experience so far and thanked me for my question. Whaaaat? Personal customer support?! Actually, that’s exactly what I expected from Amazon.
If you get a chance, stop by my shop. I hope you enjoy looking around! Save the link to your favorites!